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Walter Brennan enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 22 to serve in World War I. He served in an artillery unit and although he got through the war without being wounded, his exposure to poison gas ruined his vocal chords, leaving him with the high-pitched voice texture that made him a natural for old man roles while still in his thirties. He was too old to serve in World War II.

Movie Stars that fought in World War II - B

Mel Brooks~ Mel Brooks joined the Army when he was 17, became a combat engineer, where one of his tasks was defusing landmines. Brooks fought at the Battle of the Bulge.

Donald Pleasence-Royal Air Force-WW2-served with 166 Squadron bomber command, shot down, placed in the German POW camp Stalag Luft I (Actor) photo shown is in POW camp

Dale Robertson (1923- ) Lt., USA (1942-45) WW II. He entered as a Pvt serving in the Horse Cavalry in 1942. He served as a tank cmdr in the 777th Tank Bn in North Africa. Rose to 1st Lt with 332nd Combat Engrs in Patton's 3rd Army. He was wounded twice. Best remembered for western roles and TV's Dynasty & Dallas series.

Edward P. "Ed" McMahon Jr. (1923-2009). Capt., U.S. Marine Corps, 1943-45, 52-53, WW II & Korean War. Served as a Corsair fighter pilot instructor in WW II, then flew 85 artillery-spotting missions over Korea in a Cessna Bird Dog earning 6 Air Medals. He was later promoted to colonel in the reserves, and BrigGen in the Calif Nat'l Guard.

Ice-T.... US Army Rangers

  • Danielle Camacho

    I believe ice t went AWOL within his first few years in the Army never made it to be a Ranger

  • Ashly Gravett

    Actually he never served with the Rangers but was stationed in 25TH Infantry Division in Hawaii. He never went AWOL and was discharged honorably.

  • Jacob Roberts

    Yeah... he was a pimp while he was "serving" in Hawaii and I am pretty sure he was discharged after four years as a privet.

  • Dirk Sterling

    He went AWOL in basic because he stole a company rug, and was never a Ranger.

Dennis Hopper....US Coast Guard

TSPDT - Dennis Hopper